1. Achha, Diwali is all about diyas. All they need to know is that there's a LOT of them. iStock Like candles, but tiny oil lamps! Or just loads and loads of string lights. 2. You get presents, so basically you can explain to them that it's kind of like receiving gifts for Christmas or Hanukkah. iStock Sometimes you get some cute clothes or shoes, but most of the presents are dried fruits and other sweets that you can eat up until next Diwali. 3. You might also get $$$. It's just like a visit to grandma! Getty Make it rain! 4. If they ask what exactly you’re celebrating, just explain that it’s Lord Rama’s homecoming from a seriously long exile. S Pakhrin (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: kathmandu But, kind of like Halloween, there are a few different origin stories. 5. There are also fireworks and sparklers! You know, like for the 4th of July, but with even more firepower. Sowrirajan S (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: sowri You have to light Rama's way home! 6. Wearing new clothes is a big part of Diwali, so go ahead and let them know it's a little like the first day of school. iStock Matching outfits are not required, but you gave up on trying to tell ma that. 7. And don't forget about the DEEP cleaning your home will get — like spring cleaning, but in the fall. Humdingor (CC BY-SA 2.0) / Via Flickr: vijaymverma You don't just put your best foot forward with clothing but with your house too. Try to get out of it, and you'll get dragged by the ear. 8. Everybody is there, so it's a huge family reunion with food way better than barbecue. Garry Knight (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: garryknight Really, everyone — from aunties you didn't know you had to cousins you haven't seen since you were babies. "You used to take baths together! You remember her!" 9. You get to eat TONS of sweets too — so think Halloween but with jalebis. Pankaj Singh (CC BY-ND 2.0) / Via Flickr: love_is_painful Mithai > old, linty lollipops and boxes of raisins any day. 10. And, like with Halloween, you get to decorate your doorway. But instead of jack-o'-lanterns, you have rangolis. Roshan Nikam (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: 31916678@N07 You can use stencils for rangolis too. But if you're not using them, rangolis take SO much skill and SO much sprinklinggg. Don't mess up. 11. Last but not least, there are totally unreal Black Friday–esque sales. Caitlin Regan (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: caitlinator It's time to empty all your online shopping carts. Still have an appetite for more Diwali goodness? Check out these 10 tips to make Diwali more affordable this year.